Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Grandpa's Chili

My grandpa was a down-home, no-frills kind of cook. His style of cooking was simple and cheap with an astonishingly measly amount of vegetables -- he was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I remember the most common snacks at my grandparents' condo was bologna and mustard sandwiches, boiled potatoes with butter, and beef noodles. 

One of the more regular meals he would make me and my cousins was his chili - which in my opinion, is the best chili on the planet. And the best part is, it has only 4 ingredients. The catch is, you have to use the exact brands of these ingredients to make a true Richard Meier chili. 

Usually I'm not so persnickety about ingredients. But sometimes you just can't mess with tradition.

1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 1-lb can Brook's Chili Beans (It MUST be Brooks)
1 1-lb can crushed tomatoes
1 packet Chili Man chili seasoning

1. Brown the meat in a large pot with a little oil.

2. Pour in the packet of seasoning.

3. Give it a stir. Add in the tomatoes and beans. Let this simmer all together for an hour.

4. Serve with buttered noodles, potatoes, grits, or all on its own. To take it really over the top, serve it on top of macaroni and cheese for a chili-cheese combo.

Thanks again, Grandpa ;)


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